Early warning important to face La Nina-caused disasters: BNPB

Early warning important to face La Nina-caused disasters: BNPB

The National Disaster Mitigation Agency's (BNPB) Head Ganip Warsito at the La Nina Precautionary Coordination Meeting here on Friday (October 29, 2021). (ANTARA/Prisca Triferna/FR)

Jakarta (ANTARA) - The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) highlighted the criticality of early warning in facing the risk of hydrometeorological disasters that increases due to La Nina phenomenon that is projected to last until February 2022.

He urged the head of the Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) to provide detailed information to serve as a guideline for fast and accurate decision-making, BNPB's head, Ganip Warsito, noted.

During La Nina Precautionary Coordination Meeting held virtually by BMKG here on Friday, Warsito noted that the early warning issued by BMKG becomes one of the references for on-field responses.

However, a missing link still exists between information that is conveyed concerning early warning and the people's response.

"This is something that we have to find the solution for, so that we can receive the information from BMKG as accurately as possible in order to take more on-target decisions," he expounded.

Detailed information could result in accurate on-field decisions that could save people from the danger of disasters, he explained.

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Earlier, the Ministry of Environment and Forestry had prepared an early warning system to handle potential hydrometeorological disasters due to La Nina.

The system will provide early warnings for landslides in the upstream areas of rivers and map out the levels of runoff.

The warning aims to reduce the risk of hydrometeorological disasters and improve readiness in tackling the likelihood of forest fires post-La Nina, Deputy Minister of Environment and Forestry Alue Dohong noted.

The BMKG has monitored that a weak La Nina phenomenon will occur until the end of the year, and the condition will last until February 2022.

La Nina will intensify rainfall that would increase the risks of hydrometeorological disasters, such as floods and landslides.

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